PS: Time for Gus Johnson to replace Jim Lampley on these HBO fights. Lamps steps all over his partners and doesn't shut up. Enough already.And:
Apologies for the rounds tweet - didn't realize the backstory. I deleted it. Also: didn't realize Gus got bad MMA reviews. Bob Papa then?This is simply ludicrous. Last night may not have been his best broadcast, but I don't think any announcer is more beloved by his sport's fans than Lampley. The guy's more in his element than Harry Caray singing at Wrigley. And Gus Johnson? If Simmons followed boxing outside of the sport's Super Bowls, he'd know that Gus isn't just disliked for his coverage of MMA, but has been heavily criticized for years for his excessive screaming during Showtime boxing broadcasts. Since Simmons doesn't, and therefore doesn't know what he's talking about or have anything remotely insightful to add, maybe he shouldn't write about it.
Beyond this specific critique, I find Simmons' endless carping about announcers and coaches very tiring. He's always looking for a whipping boy, which can be hilarious when he finds a good one (Art Shell), but is often unfair (him beating up on Mike McCarthy this year) and is just old at this point. Much of the sniping is a function of his job, but he takes it way too far for my taste. A critic, whether writing about sports or movies or whatever, should approach the subject as an objective analyst and arrive at his criticism organically. Simmons, in contrast, often writes as if he's just looking for things to bitch about.